Besides beans, Mexican Rice was another meal that was never missing in our home while growing up. Therefore, a quick meal on the go was always rice, beans, some pico de gallo, with avocado slices, and a lot of lime juice. It was full of flavor and full of vegetables, basically an amazing Mexican salad. Overall, our quick salad was healthy but as I grew up I found an amazing substitute to the not-so-healthy Mexican Rice: Quinoa.
Quinoa is a grain that originates from South America and over recent years its popularity has increased all over the world. I love to work with it as it’s a complete protein all by itself so it’s an easy way to include protein into any vegetarian meal. Not to mention that it is considered a superfood.
Today, I share with you my Ensalada de Quinoa recipe; an updated version of the Mexican Salads I grew up with. It’s extremely healthy as it has no oils or unhealthy dressing as most salads have. Not to mention that it is very easy to make.
I hope you enjoy it!
Approximately 2 servings
Ingredients For Salad:
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 cup cooked black beans*
1/3 chopped onion
1/3 chopped tomato
1/3 chopped avocado
1/3 chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon black pepper
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt to taste (about 1 teaspoon)
Juice of 2 limes
Ingredients To Cook Quinoa:
1 cup water
1/8 of a medium onion
2 garlic cloves
To cook the Quinoa
- Using a colander rinse the quinoa under cold water.
- In a small pot, add rinsed quinoa, 1/8 roughly chopped onion, and garlic cloves.
- Bring to a boil, then lower heat to lowest setting, and cover.
- Cook until all water has been dissolved (approximately 15 minutes) then turn off heat and leave covered for another 15 minutes.
- Using a fork fluff up the quinoa.
- Allow the cooked quinoa to cool off, then remove the pieces of cooked onion.
- In a large salad bowl add all the ingredients: black beans, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, cumin, black pepper, lime juice, and salt.
- Carefully, mix everything until well mixed.
That’s it! If you would like you can top the salad with a bit of crema agria. Also, to make the salad Tex-Mex you can add roasted corn. I love to eat my salad with flax seed corn chips or homemade corn tortillas. Which ever way you decide to eat it will be delicious.
*If you need help on how to cook dried beans visit my recipe here.
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